Admit it: sometimes there’s nothing you want more than a bowl full of crispy potato chips. But these days, there’s so much more to chips than the humble potato. Grab your favorite root veggies and mandoline, and let’s get cooking!
What are Veggie Chips?
That might seem like a strange question, but some people don’t know that chips can be made out of so many things other than potato. Root vegetables like carrots and parsnips, and squash varieties like butternut and zucchini make for excellent chips with a twist.
Using alternative vegetables not only adds a variety of flavor to your standard snacking, but it also helps add more nutrients to an otherwise indulgent snack. And, since everyone is into DIY these days, they’re a perfect way to get your feet wet in the snack-making realm while making the whole family happy.
How to Make Veggie Chips
To make veggie chips, you will need a sharp knife or a mandoline and a steady hand. A mandoline is a flat slicing tool that allows you to create thin, even slices of fruits and vegetables. Mandoline blades are very sharp, so take care to always use the safety attachment, and keep your fingers away from the blade.
Veggie chips only need a small amount of oil to help them crisp (and not stick to the pan). Remember that the thicker the chip, the longer it will take to bake, so it’s important to get your veggie slices as uniform as possible and also to keep an eye on them in the oven.
Veggie chips are best immediately after baking; you can save them for later snacking — they’ll just lose some of their crunch.
Try our recipe for Homemade Veggie Chips and Dip or use your favorite veggies like beets, sweet potato, taro and more!